MOKOKCHUNG

Mokokchung is the land of the Ao Nagas. Although almost all Aos have converted to Christianity, they still maintain their old customs and traditions and their hospitality can be seen during Christmas. This is the time when everyone, irrespective of their financial or social status, welcomes each other warmly in their homes.

 

Longkhum

Rhododendrons adorn the hillocks and the precipices surrounding it, providing an astounding sight during full bloom in the village of Longkhum.  Ethnic handlooms and handicrafts by the expert craftsmen are also found in plenty here.  An animist religion called Limapur still exists in this village, where a few families worship a God called Longlanpa Tsungrem.

 

Ungma

Ungma is the second largest village in Nagaland, next only to Bara-Basti of Kohima and located about 3 km from Mokokchung Town.  It is said that the entire Ao tribe founded this village when they first entered the land from their ancestral home at Chungliyimti (now within the Sangtam Naga Territory).  The rich Ao traditions are zealously guarded and practiced by the villagers here even today.

 

Chuchuyimlang

Chuchuyimlang is the village of festivals for the Ao Nagas. The Moatsu festival is seen in full glory here. During this period, the villagers express their friendship towards other villagers by exchanging gifts, making new friendships, renewing old ties and sharing a spirit of camaraderie. The tourist village established here is a showcase of this tradition in the most natural and uncontaminated manner.

 

Suteplenden

This is a perennial waterfall at a height of around 200 feet near Longkong village around 27 km from Mokokchung district.  This misty waterfall is a sight to behold due to the serene and gentle landscape around it.  The sight has become a favourite for many nature lovers and domestic visitors who come to seek the freshness and tranquillity of nature.

 

Molungyimsen

Molungyimsen is the First American Baptist Mission Centre in Naga Hills founded by Rev. Dr. E. W .Clark and the pioneer Naga Christian on 24 October 1876. About the establishment, Mrs Clark wrote, “the new village was formed without the accustomed heathen ceremonies to propitiate demons by great and expensive sacrificed offering. I was determined to abandon aggressive warfare and to be known as a peaceable, Christian village, the first to have this appellation in this entire wild mountain region stretching from the valley of the Brahmaputra far away across the hills to the plains of Burma.” Having established this station, various mission activities sprang into life such as baptism, school and literary works, church planting in others villages, social reforms, civil works and so on. It was definitely the beginning of a new era civilization in Nagaland. Besides Rev.Dr.& Mrs.E.W.Clark, others American Missionary families who dwelt at Molungyimsen were Rev. Dr.S.W.Rivenburg, Rev. S.A.Perrine and Dr.F.P.Haggard. in recognition of their sacrificial contributions for the Nagas, the Govt. of Nagaland attributed Molungyimsen as the Naga Educational Heritage and Pilgrimage Village.

The Majestic Litchi Tree, mango and jackfruit at missionary compound and the suspension bridge at the Milak are the living legacy of E.W.Clark at the Molyungyimsen.

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